There’s a “good chance” that the human remains found near Lake Eufaula this weekend could belong to a woman who disappeared more than a year ago, Pittsburg County Sheriff Chris Morris said Monday.

A rabbit hunter found the bones Sunday evening near Cardinal Point Recreational Area, about 12 miles northeast of McAlester, and alerted the Sheriff’s Office.

A deputy responded and thought the bones could be human remains. Photos of the bones were sent to the state Medical Examiner’s Office, which agreed with the deputy’s assessment, Morris said.

Medical examiners headed to the scene about 9 a.m. Monday, while deputies performed a grid search of the area in an effort to find and recover as many bones as possible, Morris said. The remains were taken to the Medical Examiner’s Office for identification.

Morris said the remains were found within a mile or two of where the purse of McAlester resident Holly Cantrell was recovered about a year ago. Cantrell disappeared after leaving her job at a local hospital in January 2017.

She reportedly was last seen wearing green scrubs. What appeared to be some kind of green clothing was found along with the remains this weekend, Morris said.

The sheriff said it’s too early in the investigation to determine whether the remains are Cantrell’s, but “there’s a good chance it could be her,” he added.

Kyle Hinchey

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